Now is the time to forget any plans you were considering for Labor Day weekend, and get your tickets for the most spectacular epicurean celebration of the summer: Los Angeles Times and Food & Wine’s, The Taste. A joint effort by the creators of last year’s wildly entertaining and delicious Taste of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles Times Celebration of Food & Wine, this four day, city-wide gastronomic blow out brings together the nation’s most popular culinary talent.
Up to nine signature events in Beverly Hills, Hollywood and Downtown will feature tables groaning under dishes from our best local restaurants, cooking demos, Grand Tastings and wine and mixology seminars, led by such celebrities as: Giada de Laurentis, Scott Conant, Art Smith, Duff Goldman, Ludo Lefebvre, Michael Voltaggio, Claire Robinson, Debi Mazar, Gabriele Corcos and L A’s beloved Drago brothers, Giacomino and Celestino.
Of special interest to Beverly Hills’ wine lovers will be “Secrets from the Kitchen & Cellar”, Saturday, September 3, at the event’s 9900 Wilshire Boulevard location. One of the day’s highlights is “California Pinot”, a discussion and tasting co-hosted by Belinda Chang, sommelier and wine director at The Modern in New York, and Justin Warner, co-chef/owner of Do or Dine, in Brooklyn. Not only are both of these folks enormously knowledgeable about wine (Ms. Chang won this year’s James Beard Foundation “Outstanding Wine Service” award), but also very down to earth and funny. Warner has been bringing audiences to tears performing his hilarious “wine rhymes” (think rapping) about what is clearly one of his favorite topics. Not to be missed!
While the list of wineries pouring at Saturday’s festivities is subject to change (by virtue of additions, we hope), the current roster has some very exciting participants: Brassfield Estate Winery (where David Ramey is winemaker), Charles Krug (Napa’s first winery, established in 1861), Chateau d’Esclans (brilliant Provencal roses), Cupcake Vineyards (try their full-bodied, lush Central Coast Chardonnays), Mionetto (beautiful D.O.C. Prosecco), Rodney Strong (single vineyard Cabs from Sonoma Valley) and Row Eleven Wine Co (soft, velvety California Pinot Noir).
For more information, including complete programming for all four days and event updates and tickets, please visit: www.latimes.com/THETASTE.
A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona, Share Our Strength, Los Angeles Times Family Fund’s Summer Camp Campaign, Beverly Hills Education Fund, and Los Angeles Conservancy.